By Mark Matthews
Not till 1999—the 50th anniversary of the fire—did humans start to speak brazenly approximately Mann Gulch. Matthews has garnered these options to bare how devastating the hearth was once to the firefighters’ kin, coworkers, and neighbors. In retelling the tale of Mann Gulch, he attracts at the testimony of the 3 survivors—including never-before-published insights from the final residing member of the team—and interviews with former smoke jumpers of that period. the result's a moment-by-moment, heart-stopping new edition of events.
The Mann Gulch tragedy provoked the wooded area provider to improve security gear and coaching courses, yet struggling with wildfires remains to be a deadly job.
Matthews’ stirring account renews our recognize for one in all nature’s primal forces. A heartbreakingly human tale, it nonetheless haunts a firefighting community—and retains today’s firefighters perpetually on guard.
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A Great Day to Fight Fire: Mann Gulch, 1949 by Mark Matthews